ToiL

by Steve Blaque

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Who Do You Love I walk forty-seven miles of barbed wire I use a cobra snake for a necktie I got a brand new house on the roadside Made from rattlesnake hide I got a brand new chimney made on top Made out of a human skull Now come on take a walk with me, Arlene And tell me, who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Tombstone hand and a graveyard mind Just twenty-two and I don't mind dying Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? I rode a lion to town, used a rattlesnake whip Take it easy Arlene, don't give me no lip Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Night was dark, but the sky was blue Down the alley, the ice-wagon flew Heard a bump, and somebody screamed You should have heard just what I seen Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Arlene took me by my hand And she said ooo-wee, Bo, you know I understand Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love? Songwriters ELLAS MCDANIEL Read more: Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics
2.
Thirst When I think of fates worse than death All I can think of is something you said You said we were golden, bright like the sun And now I am stranded Knowing I’m not the one An ocean of anger Flowing through me Blood stained and broken From when I fell to sea And just like a snake charmer You led me astray Living in distress Hoping help is on the way In the midst of a storm Searching for shelter I came upon One single feather A half-hearted wish For something better Gracefully cursed, I thirst Attached to the soil I’m guiding the wool As I am in my blood Yet so venerable But after I’m gone Once I finally leave You will be left alone To the wolves and the thieves In the midst of a storm Searching for shelter I came upon One single feather A half-hearted wish For something better Gracefully cursed, I thirst Gracefully cursed, I thirst Gracefully cursed, I thirst I thirst China Girl I could escape this feeling, with my China girl I feel a wreck without my, little China girl I hear her heart beating, loud as thunder Saw they stars crashing I'm a mess without my, little China girl Wake up mornings where's my, little China girl I hear her heart's beating, loud as thunder Saw they stars crashing down I feel a-tragic like I'm Marlon Brando When I look at my China girl I could pretend that nothing really meant too much When I look at my China girl I stumble into town just like a sacred cow Visions of swastikas in my head Plans for everyone It's in the whites of my eyes My little China girl You shouldn't mess with me I'll ruin everything you are You know, I'll give you television I'll give you eyes of blue I'll give you men's who want to rule the world And when I get excited My little China girl says Oh baby, just you shut your mouth She says, sh-sh-shhh She says, sh-sh-shhh She says She says And when I get excited My little China girl says Oh baby, just you shut your mouth And when I get excited My little China girl says Oh baby, just you shut your mouth She says, sh-sh-shhh She says Oh, oh, oh, little China girl Oh, oh, oh, little China girl Oh, oh, oh, little China girl Oh, oh, oh, little China girl Fly Like an Eagle "Fly Like An Eagle" Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' Into the future Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' Into the future I want to fly like an eagle To the sea Fly like an eagle Let my spirit carry me I want to fly like an eagle Till I'm free Oh, Lord, through the revolution Feed the babies Who don't have enough to eat Shoe the children With no shoes on their feet House the people Livin' in the street Oh, oh, there's a solution I want to fly like an eagle To the sea Fly like an eagle Let my spirit carry me I want to fly like an eagle Till I'm free Fly through the revolution Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' Into the future Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' Into the future Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' Into the future Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' Into the future I want to fly like an eagle To the sea Fly like an eagle Let my spirit carry me I want to fly like an eagle Till I'm free Fly through the revolution Feed the babies Who don't have enough to eat Shoe the children With no shoes on their feet House the people Livin' in the street Oh, oh, there's a solution Oh, oh, there's a solution Oh, oh, there's a solution Oh, oh, there's a solution
3.
The Cross 10:42
The Cross Black day, stormy night No love, no hope in sight Don't cry, he is coming Don't die without knowing the cross Ghettos to the left of us Flowers to the right There'll be bread for all of us If we can just bear the cross Sweet song of salvation A pregnant mother sings She lives in starvation Her children need all that she brings We all have our problems Some big, some are small Soon all of our problems Will be taken by the cross Black day, stormy night No love, no hope in sight Don't cry for he is coming Don't die without knowing the cross Ghettos to the left of us Flowers to the right There'll be bread for all, y'all If we can just, just bear the cross, yeah We all have our problems Some are big, some are small Soon all of our problems, y'all Will be taken by the cross The cross The cross Written by Prince Rogers Nelson
4.
Isolation 04:23
"Isolation" People say we got it made. Don't they know we're so afraid? Isolation. We're afraid to be alone, everybody got to have a home. Isolation. Just a boy and a little girl, trying to change the whole wide world. Isolation. The world is just a little town, everybody trying to put us down. Isolation. I don't expect you to understand, after you've caused so much pain. But then again, you're not to blame. You're just a human, a victim of the insane. We're afraid of everyone, Afraid of the sun. Isolation The sun will never disappear, but the world may not have many years. Isolation. john lennon
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What About Me You poisoned my sweet water. You cut down my green trees. The food you fed my children Was the cause of their disease. My world is slowly fallin' down And the airs not good to breathe. And those of us who care enough, We have to do something... [Chorus] Oh... oh What you gonna do about me? Oh... oh What you gonna do about me? Your newspapers, They just put you on. They never tell you The whole story. They just put your Young ideas down. I was wonderin' could this be the end Of your pride and glory? [Chorus] I work in your factory. I study in your schools. I fill your penitentiaries. And your military too! And I feel the future trembling, As the word is passed around. "If you stand up for what you do believe, Be prepared to be shot down." [Chorus] And I feel like a stranger In the land where I was born And I live like an outlaw. An' I'm always on the run... An I'm always getting busted And I got to take a stand... I believe the revolution Must be mighty close at hand... [Chorus] I smoke marijuana But I can't get behind your wars. And most of what I do believe Is against most of your laws I'm a fugitive from injustice But I'm goin' to be free. Cause your rules and regulations They don't do the thing for me [Chorus] And I feel like a stranger In the land where I was born And I live just like an outlaw. An' I'm always on the run. Songwriters: JESSIE FARROW
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All Yer Lies 05:28
all yer lies right off the bat i need to say to yu that there are things that i gotta talk through before it gets a whole lot worse knowing that i don't want the hurt chorus no i don't want no i don't care no i don't feel the need no i don't want no i don't care no i don't feel the fucking need to listen to to listen to to listen to all of your lies all of you lies so how about we take a moment to turn things around and hear what i got to say because strange as it seems i'm gettin' tired of yer stories n' i'm over all the games they've become so boring chorus no i don't want no i don't care no i don't feel the need no i don't want no i don't care no i don't feel the fucking need to listen to to listen to to listen to all of your lies all of you lies middle 8 so now yer gonna have to listen to how i feel i gues you'll think it all so surreal but in a nutshell this is what it's been like and finally i get to say what's goin' on in my mind in my mind in my mind chorus no i don't want no i don't care no i don't feel the need no i don't want no i don't care no i don't feel the fucking need to listen to to listen to to listen to all of your lies all of you lies
7.
Levee Breaks If it keeps on rainin' levee's goin' to break If it keeps on rainin' levee's goin' to break When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay. Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan Lord mean old levee taught me to weep and moan Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home Oh well oh well oh well. Don't it make you feel bad When you're tryin' to find your way home You don't know which way to go? If you're goin' down South They go no work to do, If you don't know about Chicago. Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good, Now, cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good, When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move. All last night sat on the levee and moaned, All last night sat on the levee and moaned, Thinkin' 'bout me baby and my happy home. Going, go'n' to Chicago, Go'n' to Chicago, Sorry but I can't take you. Going down, going down now, going down going down now, going down, going down, going down, going down Going down, going down now, going down going down now, going down going down now, going down Going d-d-d-d-down Woo woo Written by Joe Mccoy
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Heartbreaker 04:49
Heartbreaker The police in New York City They chased a boy right through the park And in a case of mistaken identity The put a bullet through his heart Heart breakers with your forty four I want to tear your world apart You heart breaker with your forty four I want to tear your world a part A ten year old girl on a street corner Sticking needles in her arm She died in the dirt of an alleyway Her mother said she had no chance, no chance! Heart breaker, heart breaker She stuck the pins right in her heart Heart breaker, pain maker Stole the love right out of you heart Oh yeah, oh yeah Want to tear your world apart Oh yeah, oh yeah Want to tear your world apart Heart breaker, heart breaker You stole the love right out of my heart Heart breaker, heart breaker I want to tear that world I want to tear that world I want to tear that world apart Heart breaker, heart breaker Stone love, stone love Oh yeah, oh yeah Heartbreaker, heartbreaker Want to tear that world apart Doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo Written by Keith Richards, Mick Jagger
9.
Les Darcy 06:09
Les Darcy He was a blacksmith's striker a stocky man not too tall Was he our greatest ever fighter or did he lose to shirk the war. From the back blocks of Maitland in the nature of those bare knuckle days he became a majorl drawcard a national figure fighting for pay. but a nation at war had no time for such a sport with distressed mothers sobbing tears for their sons they cried cowardice and rort cowardice and rort some say white feathers forced Les Darcy out sadly but a common stowaway was the national champion of stoush These were times of misfortune men of scurrilous corruption and graft Les Darcy a long way from Maitland In America enacting a farce Forced to fight in vaudeville some say he was taken for a ride and on a training run in Memphis deeply ill he collapsed and then he died. Steve BLaque
10.
Sex Bomb 04:16
Sex Bomb Spy on me baby use satellite Infrared to see me move through the night Aim gonna fire shoot me right Aim gonna like the way you fight And I love the way you fight Now you found the secret code I use to wash away my lonely blues well So I can't deny or lie cause you're a Sexbomb sexbomb you're a sexbomb uh, huh You can give it to me when I need to come along give it to me Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb And baby you can turn me on baby you can turn me on You know what you're doing to me don't you. ha ha, I know you do No don't get me wrong ain't gonna do you no harm no This bomb's made for lovin' and you can shoot it far I'm your main target come and help me ignite ow Love struck holding you tight hold me tight darlin' Make me explode although you know the route to go to sex me slow slow baby And yes I must react to claims of those who say that you are not all that huh, huh, Huh Sexbomb sexbomb you're a sexbomb You can give it to me when I need to come along Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb And baby you can turn me on turn me on darlin' Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb sexbomb You can give it to me when I need to come along Sexbomb sexbomb your're my sexbomb And baby you can turn me on You can give me more and more counting up the score Yeah You can turn me upside down inside out You can make me feel the real deal uh uh I can give it to you any time because you're mine Ouch, sexbomb, aw baby Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb And you can give it to me when I need to be turned on No, no Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb And baby you can turn me on turn me on And baby you can turn me on turn me on Baby you can turn me on turn me on Ooh baby you can turn me on turn me on Baby you can turn me on oh Baby you can turn me on oh Baby you can turn me on Well baby you can turn me on Written by Narada Michael Walden, Lisa Walden, Allee Willis, Joni Sledge, Mustafa Gondogd
11.
"Seasons (Waiting On You)" by The Future Islands [Verse] Am7 G Seasons change, And I tried hard just to soften you Am7 G Seasons change, But I've grown tired of trying to change for you Am7 G Cause I've been waiting on you, I’ve been waiting on you Am7 G Cause I've been waiting on you, I’ve been waiting on you [Chorus] C Em Am As it breaks, the summer will wake G Am C But the winter will wash what is left of the taste Em Am As it breaks, the summer will warm G Am But the winter will crave what is gone G Am Am7 Will crave what has all... gone away [Verse] Am7 G People change, You know but some people never do Am7 G You know when people change They gain a peace but they lose one too Am7 G Cause I've been hanging on you, I’ve been waiting on you Am7 G Cause I've been waiting on you, I’ve been hanging on you [Chorus] C Em Am As it breaks, the summer will wake G Am C But the winter will wash what is left of the taste Em Am As it breaks, the summer will warm G Am But the winter will crave what is gone G Am Am7 Will crave what has all... gone away
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Lyrics As soon as you're born they make you feel small By giving you no time instead of it all Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something to be They hurt you at home and they hit you at school They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something to be When they've tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years Then they expect you to pick a career When you can't really function you're so full of fear A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something to be Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV And you think you're so clever and classless and free But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something to be There's room at the top they're telling you still But first you must learn how to smile as you kill If you want to be like the folks on the hill A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something to be If you want to be a hero well just follow me If you want to be a hero well just follow me

about

ToiL was born from the ongoing struggle of having to work for a living and try to compose and or perform music and to hopefully get better as time would pass by.

The album was originally meant to be released in 2016 and was to be one of two albums that I wanted to put out. ToiL being comprised of mostly cover songs from my live shows and the other being Bleak which would have been originals that had not hitherto been performed.

Things don't always go as planned.

As much as is recorded here has been left off the album and will appear on other volumes that will come soon, most notably Blaque Daze and the aptly titled End Daze. There's no real timeline now given that 'it is what it is' and there's no guarantee on how much longer I've got left.

The philosophy behing this album was to record it clean and without click tracks and that vocals and guitar would be recorded in a way that emulated my live performances through the years from 2011 until 2016. It was to go further than BLaque Monday scratched the surface of. Again it was to be largely sans drums, since almost all of my live music was done in that way and this singlehandedly contributed to the 'no frills' style of guitar that I put forward.

While I mention record it clean, the meaning their is not in a literal sense, since there are numerous production affectations that I chose to leave in, for example guitar amplifier hiss (somewhat of a 'no no' in the modern digital recording world) and at the same time 'gaffs in vocals' where i'd perhaps missed a word or in fact sung the wrong word, were simply left in, because that's how live shows are. Sometimes they're perfect and sometimes they've got glitches. So while I said I wanted a clean album, the meaning really was a no frills album in terms of getting the songs started. As indicated a few times the tracks were all recorded live with vocals and guitar being recorded simultaneously.

The process of recording in this way puts so much strain on any overdubs since there's no time coding or set meter and when doing overdubs you're either doing them blind or looking at renderings of .wav files on Digital Audio Workstations aka DAWs. I can really feel that my early 1980's experience of working on open reel helped me here since a lot of those times were also done 'blind'. Doing the music in this way was an integral part of what I was trying to do, since when I played the songs live there was only that 'isolation' you feel on the stage when it all comes down to you and the instrument (or voice).

One other thing and something I mentioned a little earlier is that all tracks were performed live with guitar and vocal and all the original takes are still on the final recordings. This aspect makes the songs and the experience of ToiL more real for me, more satisfying in the sense that I feel I've given you (the people who listen) a live show.

I've included a lot of the songs from the early sessions (Feb 2016), but there are many as indicated that will be published at a later date. These songs all came from Steve BLaque or Blaque and Blunt or Charlotte Lowe shows from the aforementioned period. Some of those songs I was never the singer but took on the role to fulfill my plan of having these songs produced in a way that i was hearing them during those times.

Sitting on something for such a long time I was going stir crazy not putting it out to float through the world and the thought of it dying before it had that chance saddened me to the point that right now in March 2017 it's meant to go out.

Steve BLaque

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released March 27, 2017

Engineered, Produced and Mastered at Forbidden City Studio in Beijing
Produced by Steve BLaque
Mastered by In the Blue Corner Mastering Beijing
for Darktrunk and 52 North Records.
Album Artwork Levan Stanes
Steve BLaque Vocals and Instrumentation (All Guitars Bass Banjo Keyboards Piano Trumpet)
Special Guest on ToiL from the band Radiance
and on vocals is Miranda Vukasovic.
Additional vocals Heike Kagler Vocals
Leigh Ryan Drums The Cross.

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Steve Blaque singer, songwriter, Producer and engineer and owner of LLargoland Studios in Tasmania (formerly Forbidden City Studio Beijing) also performs in an unplugged environment with his favorite flavors of Indie and Grunge. Blaque has always said ''you don't need distortion to be grunge and you don't need twang to be Indie''. ... more

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